Nevada governor candidates protest ‘egregious’ exclusion from debate

Five candidates running for governor of Nevada say they’re not happy about being excluded from an upcoming debate between Democrat Rory Reid and Republican Brian Sandoval, the two major-party candidates.

In a press release non-partisan candidates Aaron Honig and Eugene DiSimone, David Scott Curtis of the Green Party, Floyd Fitzgibbons of the Independent American Party and Arthur Forest Lampitt, Jr., of the Libertarian Party say the education debate scheduled Sunday won’t give voters the opportunity to learn about a majority of their choices.

The debate is sponsored by 8 News Now, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Vegas PBS and will be held at 6 p.m. at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.

In other debate dispute news, Reid on Monday posted an online ad attacking Sandoval for not agreeing to a debate in Reno. So far the major party candidates have agreed to three debates, two in Las Vegas and one in Elko. Sandoval had stated he had agreed to four, which included one in Reno. 

But so far the fourth event hasn’t come to fruition. Reid has agreed to numerous debates across the state and accuses Sandoval, who is leading by double-digits in opinion polls, and accuses Sandoval of dodging issues.

Here’s a transcript of the letter from the candidates who, so far, haven’t been admitted to any debates with Reid and Sandoval:

The undersigned candidates for Governor of Nevada, unitedly protest their exclusion from the upcoming debates sponsored by 8 News Now, (t)he Las Vegas Review-Journal and VegasPBS.
While the sponsor’s (sic) announcement stated their intent was "to ensure Southern Nevadans have the opportunity to learn about the candidates" they have intentionally and blatantly excluded 5 of the 7 candidates for this important public office.
Particularly egregious is the participation of VegasPBS, a public broadcasting station in these exclusionary tactics. Public funding should not be used to prevent candidates for elected office from receiving equal time in public debate.
We are making this matter known to every media outlet in the state of Nevada. We are considering our legal options and plan to file complaints with every source providing taxpayer funds to advance this event with such bias.
Aaron Y. Honig, non-partisan
Arthur Forest Lampitt, Jr., Libertarian Party
David Scott Curtis, Green Party
Eugene "Gino" DiSimone, non-partisan
Floyd Fitzgibbons, Independent American Party

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